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McKinzie Headed To Whitney, Game Winner Rebounding Into Travers

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has won three editions of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers at Saratoga Race Course and plans on adding a fourth when he sends last year’s Champion Two-Year-Old Game Winner to the Spa following an effortless victory in the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby on Saturday. Baffert and […]

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‘Headstrong’ Dual-Surface Star Catholic Boy To Stay On Dirt, Point For Woodward

Robert V. LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm, and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Catholic Boy earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure for his runner-up effort to Preservationist in Saturday’s Grade 2, $700,000 Suburban, a 1 1/4 mile test on Big Sandy. Last year, the dual-surface star won the turf Grade 1 Belmont Derby and Grade 1 […]

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‘He Found The Hole And He Was There’: Travers The Target For Code Of Honor

Bill Farish’s homebred Code of Honor had no trouble in his return earning a 97 Beyer Speed Figure for his impressive 3 1/4 length score in Saturday’s Grade 3 Dwyer at Belmont Park, traveling last-to-first in his first race since being placed second following the disqualification of Maximum Security in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. […]

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‘Stronger, Faster’ Owendale Could Target Haskell, Travers

This weekend’s Ohio Derby winner Owendale, previously third in the G1 Preakness Stakes, will return to Grade 1 company for his next start, reports bloodhorse.com. The 3-year-old’s potential targets include the Haskell (July 20 at Monmouth), the Travers (Aug. 24 at Saratoga), and/or the Pennsylvania Derby (Sept. 21 at Parx), according to trainer Brad Cox. […]

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Baffert: Game Winner To Target Travers, Not Belmont Stakes

Trainer Bob Baffert told drf.com that juvenile champion Game Winner is no longer under consideration for the Belmont Stakes. Instead, the 3-year-old son of Candy Ride will be aimed at Saratoga’s Travers Stakes. “I want to get him really, really right,” Baffert said. “The goal’s the Travers; run him one time before that.” Game Winner hasn’t […]

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Catholic Boy Makes Triumphant Turf Return In Dixie

Sent off as the 7-5 favorite in his first start since finishing 13th in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Catholic Boy made his 2019 debut a winning on in the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes. The 4-year-old son of More Than Ready, ridden by Javier Castellano […]

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150th Travers Stakes To Be Televised On FOX Broadcast Network

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) and FOX Sports announced that the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers will be carried live on the FOX Broadcast Network as part of a special one-hour telecast on Saturday, August 24, at 5 p.m. ET from historic Saratoga Race Course. Travers Day 2019 […]

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G1 Winners Catholic Boy, Diversify Training Forwardly For Jonathan Thomas

Conditioner Jonathan Thomas, who last year managed 4-year-old multiple graded stakes winner Catholic Boy to three wins from six starts, including a pair of Grade 1 victories in the Runhappy Travers and Belmont Derby Invitational on the turf, reported the More Than Ready colt has continued to mature over the winter at Bridlewood Farm after […]

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Brooks Named Grand Prize Winner In Breeders’ Cup Capture The Classic Challenge

Breeders’ Cup, one of the world’s most prestigious Thoroughbred horse racing events, announced on Friday that Bob Brooks, of Kitchener, Ontario, has been selected as the Grand Prize winner for the $100,000 Capture the Classic Challenge. Launched in June 2018, the interactive promotion tasked fans to predict the winners of select races for a chance […]

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Classic: Gunnevera Comes ‘So Close,’ Thunder Snow ‘Stayed Fighting To The End’

Gunnevera was on the outside looking in to the Breeders’ Cup Classic when pre-entries were announced, but the hard-knocking colt did his trainer proud on Saturday with a second-place finish in the $6 million race. A 4-year-old son of Dialed In, Gunnevera came hurtling down the Churchill Downs stretch under Irad Ortiz to finish just […]

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